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Old 08-18-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hi, Members. I need you to help me out with considering what equipment I need to look into to build a superbike or something close to it. Sunday I was watching AMA racing on SPEEDTV and Freddie Spencer said, that the bikes start out as production bikes and are turned into superbikes and then electronics are added. What exactly do I need to have to build a superbike pertaining to the exhaust systems, engine, traction control and the electronic systems that Freddie Spencer mentioned? Is thier a book to help with building a superbike? I also would like to know the difference between a Full exhaust system. I know this was a lengthy post but I really wanted to let you all know what I was trying to accomplish.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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Go find the rule book for the class you want to ride in/copy. That will give you a start.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:24 AM   #3
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What exactly do I need to have to build a superbike pertaining to the exhaust systems, engine, traction control and the electronic systems that Freddie Spencer mentioned? Is thier a book to help with building a superbike? I also would like to know the difference between a Full exhaust system.

I don't want to discourage your interest, but the complexity of the systems that Sir Spencer was referring to is far beyond the typical home mechanic. The sportbikes you can buy today would have easily qualified as "Superbikes" only a few years ago. Go buy a Honda 1000 CBRR and put an aftermarket exhaust on it, and you will have a "Superbike."

If you want to get into working on bikes, I'd suggest finding an older bike and restore it. Many 1980's bikes are at the intersection of low price and rising collectability, and parts are still available for many models. You could wind up with a really nice bike for a few thou, and have a lot of fun in the process.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:31 AM   #4
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"You could wind up with a really nice bike for a few thou, and have a lot of fun in the process."

Sounds like you never restored a bike!
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:09 AM   #5
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"You could wind up with a really nice bike for a few thou, and have a lot of fun in the process."

Sounds like you never restored a bike!
He's right. I got that '84 Magna running for only about 2 G's all told. What a deal. Sold it for 1 G. Great investment.. old Japanese bikes!
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:13 AM   #6
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If you are serious about building a superbike the first thing you need is around $100,000 in cash. Otherwise just do what Ken suggests.
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Ditto, buy a year or two old GSXR1000 and try to hang on. That bike stock is so far above your (and my) capabilities that you'd be wasting every penny you spent on mods. Save your money for a full leather suit, tires and track days.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:58 AM   #8
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Hi, Members. I need you to help me out with considering what equipment I need to look into to build a superbike or something close to it. Sunday I was watching AMA racing on SPEEDTV and Freddie Spencer said, that the bikes start out as production bikes and are turned into superbikes and then electronics are added. What exactly do I need to have to build a superbike pertaining to the exhaust systems, engine, traction control and the electronic systems that Freddie Spencer mentioned? Is thier a book to help with building a superbike? I also would like to know the difference between a Full exhaust system. I know this was a lengthy post but I really wanted to let you all know what I was trying to accomplish.
If you know this little about the bikes then I dont believe you need to be on one. Nothing personal but by the sound of your post it doesnt sound like you have a lot of riding experience. If you have been racing in lower classes you'd know a lot more. If your wanting to build one for the street then your totally wasting your money. You cant ride a stock bike to the edge of its potential on the street, so throwing 100k at it isnt the best bet. Most of your superbike back markers are running on superstock class bikes. Only the factories have the cool stuff and the money for said cool stuff and a rider that can handle it. Get your racing license and try out the sv650 class, then go from there.
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:40 PM   #9
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"You could wind up with a really nice bike for a few thou, and have a lot of fun in the process."

Sounds like you never restored a bike!
I towed an 80's Yamaha twin behind the car till the engine broke loose and it started. Does that count?
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Hi, Members. I need you to help me out with considering what equipment I need to look into to build a superbike or something close to it. Sunday I was watching AMA racing on SPEEDTV and Freddie Spencer said, that the bikes start out as production bikes and are turned into superbikes and then electronics are added. What exactly do I need to have to build a superbike pertaining to the exhaust systems, engine, traction control and the electronic systems that Freddie Spencer mentioned? Is thier a book to help with building a superbike? I also would like to know the difference between a Full exhaust system. I know this was a lengthy post but I really wanted to let you all know what I was trying to accomplish.
First what are you going to do with the bike? Are you racing it?
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